Photo by Sylvia Lobato
Larry Plane talks of his days as a Boy Scout and Scoutmaster while his wife, Raydene, offers rapt attention and sons John and Troy look on, along with White Mountain District Chairman and Eagle Scout Eugene Farish, who emceed a Thursday morning "Scout Camp" breakfast. The elder Planes were honored for their community service and work in scouting.
Scouts honor Planes, Kimberlings,
for long-time help
MONTE VISTA — The Boy Scouts of America was established more than 100 years ago — long before any of today’s scouts were anything more than a drift in the gene pool, but the modern Boy Scout is proof of the effectiveness of the organization.
At a breakfast in the Masonic Lodge here Thursday, boys, adolescents, young men, adult leaders and successful administrators and businessmen stood strong as scouts.
Raydene and Larry Plane of Monte Vista were presented a special award for their devotion to scouting. Son John told the assembled crowd that the Planes are active members of the community, their church and the world around them.
They are both active in Kiwanis, with Raydene instrumental in the Kiwanis Klowns. Larry works alongside her and supports her in all that she does. Raydene teaches quilting classes and church classes, while Larry has been hands-on with their sons’ scout work.
John and brother Troy are both Eagle Scouts, and John points out that they were able to be so because of their mom and dad. Raydene helped get a Cub Scout pack going in Monte Vista and Larry has been a scout leader.
With the scout motto of “Be Prepared” leading their journey through life, each lives the three promises in the Boy Scout oath: “On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight. “
Since 1910, scouting has helped mold the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. As an organization, Boy Scouts of America believes and, through nearly a century of experience, understands that helping youth puts the nation on a path toward a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.
Small Cub Scouts who barely could see above the podium, Dakota Hansen from Pack 307 in Monte Vista and Caleb Hansen from Pack 286, Monte Vista, spoke of what they were learning and what they could build on from their experiences.
In the eyes of leaders and former scouts, some tears formed, then laughter emerged. It was a happy time.
The adventure began with the Scout Law, presented in video by Eagle Scout Kyle Darlington and a flag presentation by the scouts involved in putting together the breakfast.
Scout Gabriel Hansen reminded the audience that camp is where the sidewalk ends. There, scouts learn outdoor skills, art, climbing, fishing, cooking and more. Eagle Scout Kris Donaldson explained that scouting has many benefits, not only to the boys and their leaders, but to the community.
He said the Boy Scout Oath defines him today and will define him throughout his life, as he practices what he learned in scouting.
His Eagle Scout project was gathering used bicycles, leading a group of scouts and others in refurbishing them and distributing them to children in need.
“Scouting helped me achieve things I never would have believed possible,” he emphasized.
Thursday’s breakfast was like any they would have at scout camp. It was explained that, for the day, CAMP stood for Cultivate Assistance, Mentors and Partnerships.
Emcee was Eugene Farish, a well known Valley attorney, High Mountain district chairman and Eagle Scout.
High Mountain District Executive and Eagle Scout Tommy Farrell noted that it costs more than $200 annually per scout to maintain the district, and he asked everyone present to invest in scouting, either by making a pledge, donating or doing something else to help out.
And helping out is where it’s at with Van and Della Kimberling, who were given the Do a Good Turn Daily award. In doing so, Farish noted that the couple has long supported the scouts, the CAMP breakfast and helped acquire the Masonic Hall for many scouts’ events.
As they walked out, each attendee handed a sealed envelope to a patrol leader stating his or her attention to do just that.
Patrol leaders were Bob Bryning, Cheryl Jones, Jim Lancaster, Troy Plane, Kathy Rogers, Roxann Sittler, Mike and Sandy Spahr and Gary Spangler.